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egyptians head to the polls to say yes or no to a new constitution triggered fears the country is turning into an islamic dictatorship weeks of deadly protests. an elementary school in the northeastern united states becomes a school. children reignites the debate. hundreds gather in the center of moscow. since some of the biggest protests in recent russian history several people that were already arrested over this unauthorized. for the first time the european court describes cia torture as terror suspects siding with the mistakenly filled victim to the agency's interrogation techniques.
thanks for joining us here on arts here today. live in moscow egyptians are the new draft constitution that split the country and sparked weeks a violent president protests the referendum is seen as a decisive moment that will show which way the majority of egyptians are leaning towards the ruling islamists or the liberal opposition. true is following the vote . after three weeks. against the president time to. beat up security at the polling station for people to come and they of course have been called in by the president's. to secure the nation during this time of
political unrest and the referendum we expect hundreds of thousands of police officers and soldiers in the streets today ensuring that the scenes are calm this comes after violent scenes yesterday on friday and on xandra egypt's second city which saw clashes between rival protest groups to support the constitution those against it including groups wielding machetes. also. around about one thousand injured and possible we haven't had that confirmed yet this of course follows several weeks worth of buying seats on the streets of cairo the referendum is actually being held across two days is there not a sufficient number of judges to supervise the process this the opposition forces say is a major problem and could open up the referendum to vote rigging in addition civil society groups here questioning how that is possible for them to observe the elections to for electoral fraud since the head of the constituent assembly who
drafted the constitution is also the head of the national human rights council he will be overseeing the observation all the polling stations the constitution itself is a major point of contention also the opposition forces they have said that it is written by islamist dominated constituent assembly these somebody when this mass will cross by liberal leftist and church and therefore it will only enforce a religious state it also they said would impose a presidential dictatorship and neglect key rights and freedoms of expression so this constitution they say should be rewritten the constituent assembly should be reforged so we'll have to see with the results of the referendum the future of egypt. already or incidents of violence are accompanying the voting in egypt as belcher reports on twitter for you here she's saying at least four people have been injured in four different cities across the country since the beginning of the constitutional referendum are you going to check the. this update said artsy under
school. now must violations during the egyptian voting already being reported this coupled with a lack of unity among the opposition likely to result in the referendum not reflecting the people's real will that's according to journalist and middle east analyst estimates fuck. morsi is not showing any signs of flexibility he's not showing any signs of building consensus he is shown to be a very stubborn person regardless of the outcome of the referendum the scene in egypt right now it's an indicative there there is going to be a mass. playing with the results there is already reports about money and sustenance is being given to poor people to encourage them to go out and vote favorably with yes for the constitution and on the other side the egyptians
are still divided into different groups and the more. of the voters are not going as it should have been going so it's not really representative of the nations when or of the consensus the truth have been existing. and turbulence continues elsewhere in the arab world later this hour on r.t. will have an inside from bahrain aware and government protesters have been defiant and undefeated now for almost two years. this is artsy twenty six people have been gunned down twenty of them children in a u.s. elementary school in connecticut at the brutal massacre and it only when the killer ultimately turned the gun on himself and artie's gun a chicken is following the story for us there are still lots of questions as to what happened at that elementary school in connecticut the shooter has been
identified at this point it was adam lanza twenty year old who went into his mother's kenda garden class she was a teacher at that school and wiped out the entire class twenty children were killed in the carnage eighteen children died at the scene two at the hospital those were five year old six year old small children the shooter also provided cold six. adult and unless his mother the teacher was also found dead in her home near the school the suspected three is the suspected shooter had three guns on him as he went into the school two handguns and one semiautomatic weapon all reportedly registered to adam lanza's mother a witness said there must have been one hundred rounds fired after killing all these people adam lanza reportedly shot himself there has been a number of horrifying shootings at schools in the u.s. in the past but never has there been a rampage that killed this many small children in two thousand and seven a student killed thirty two people at virginia tech we of course remember the
columbine massacre in colorado where two students shot and killed thirteen people and injured twenty four but the children killed in connecticut were very very young we heard president obama deliver tearful speech this friday but nevertheless the white house has pretty much dodged questions on its gun policy and those are questions on many people's minds right now but the president did say it's time to take meaningful action to prevent mess occurs like this from happening again but what action he did not specify is the fact of the matter is that getting a gun is fairly easy in the u.s. adam lanza's mother apparently had no problem purchasing and registering story guns one of them a semi automatic weapon and it's a powerful deadly weapon one of the policy goals of president obama was a ban on assault weapons but is thought to be a losing proposition for any politician in the u.s. to really seriously consider seriously take on the issue attempts to regulate guns
inevitably hit a wall and that wall is the second amendment the right of the people to bear arms some states here do have controls over gun possession but again very limited controls the state of illinois for example used to have a ban on concealed weapons but this week a federal court ruling struck down the country's last such. vission as unconstitutional and ordered the state to craft a law allowing it so much for gun control in the us the state of wisconsin tossed out its bad on concealed weapons last year and it seems there is no way of arguing against the amendment even despite these absolutely horrifying and recurring incidence of his gun a chicken right there in the latest tragedy has reopened the debate on what many see as weak gun control laws in america liz wahl went to the white house to witness an anti guns around you that. many people are taking their concerns to the front of the white house as you can see about
a hundred people are gathered here holding signs holding sandals trying to make their voices heard saying that now is the time to talk about gun control and the u.s. we spoke to some of the protesters here's what they had to say today we saw a room full of kindergartners slaughtered by a guy who never should have gotten a gun. if our president can talk about it the issue now as a father of two daughters young daughters i think it's time for him for a gut check in there's no more and no more excuses anymore this should not have happened we should have measures in place before this to prevent people from accessing who are not fit to hold them also in my opinion i don't think something that is military grade as an assault rifle i don't think that should be in the hands of anybody it's not a toy and we can't keep our teachers in our children in our school administrators safe and very day we can't keep people who are walking down the streets safe then
that should be changed and to resign ourselves to the saying that this is a problem that has a solution is defeatist and we should we should take this on and change what we did hear from press secretary jay carney earlier this morning who said today is not the day to be talking about gun control we also heard a very emotional speech from president obama sending his condolences to the victims to the family is in newtown connecticut he did not talk about the issue of guns or gun control but protesters here say if today is not the day in the wake of this very tragic mass shooting they don't know when that time. and washington lives while. you can log on to a website called for live updates on that story out there you'll also find a full timeline of the tragic events. now several hundred people in moscow have been marking a year since some of the biggest and see government protests in russia's recent history. around forty activists were arrested for taking part in
a rally that was ultimately and authorized most of them have since been released. reports the authorities did not sanction any rallies to be held in this place saying that there's usually heavy traffic in this area and any mass gatherings could cause some additional problems they did hold long negotiations with the opposition before proposing other routes but fields to reach an agreement as a result today several hundred people gathered in central moscow to mark one year since the start of anti-government protests in the country we have seen some arrests including those of opposition leaders. they say that they were detained unlawfully since they claim that all the people who gathered here the saturday are not taking part in any rally they are just outside for a walk but all in all what's happening here today is really of no comparison to what we've seen a year ago last december when truly tens of thousands of people took to the streets while here we're talking just about a few hundred. want to go to this one off reporting that from central moscow now
tough economic times in the united kingdom are taking their toll on british and later this hour here on the channel we report on how soaring food prices in the u.k. forcing many to say no to a healthy meal. go back to church to read the bible and to find free and to remember what the holiday is supposed to be for i just think people shouldn't think that every year has to be the best christmas ever on the program here. people in the big weather today's christmas that's not something of a traditional church that. on the march under god these men and women are walking one of the longest and
probably the loneliest road in the world they're reenacting the march into exile made by thousands of czarist russia. if i was here three hundred years ago i may have disappeared my local lord i may have deserted from the army or a variety of other crimes the result was the same like my fellow prisoners around me i've got a long and very cold walk ahead into exile in siberia yet it took them years to get there summers and winters entire years a lot of people died on the way this group in the western siberian region of omsk discovered they're living on the only surviving stretch of the original nine thousand kilometers of the siberian exiles track that's had no modern changes made to it have guinea discovered that he's descended from some of these exiles and decided to build a museum telling a story he and his re-enact is now receiving to us from all over the world to show them what it was like for these bloody good earnest it's scary to put the shackles
on of course but it's interesting if we don't remember our history we will have no future. it's a monument to one of the restructures cruelest chapters. the city serves as the capital of anticommunist white russian leader admiral culture shock in the civil war from one thousand nine hundred to nine hundred nineteen whilst in residence he lived here though the study of the man like the maintenance of this building has remained a taboo right up until the present day or we still receive hate mail saying that he hanged a lot of people and was famous for severe punishment it's all true but it was a time of civil war both sides were monstrously cruel it is sadly the theme of cruelty which links so much of this history to the rest of russia's particularly of exile where they were an apple or a criminal. thanks
for joining us here on r.t. today i'm wrong researcher in moscow the u.s. germany and the netherlands are deploying at patriot missiles along with around twelve hundred troops on turkey's border with syria and nato claims the move will protect ankara from a possible strike by its neighbor or their critics a conflict torn syria is unlikely to attack an alliance member now it is a really good look at why turkey is so eager to defend itself from what was a friend. he may have treated his command bridge for an apartment in his dumb ball but retired admiral turner curry turk still keeps tabs on his country's foreign policy and he doesn't like what he sees like many turkish beetroots the admiral believes his country is second feis in commonsense and domestic concerns from western interests. turkey is looking at the middle east through america's eyes for
a purely turkish perspective for example with syria turkey claims it wants to see democracy in syria but look who it's working with saudi arabia qatar and their democratic credit is one thing. forget the zero problems with neighbor's rule which in chorale has prided itself on for many decades critics now see turkey as dancing to one nation's. place. kill people but that does not suffice. for. which they were asked. because. in truth. people internalise us policy. represent us and the country. this is where turkey comes in graphically and culturally it's a great base camp for the likes of the us and nato to take
a foothold in their anti acid ambitions it was just two years ago that turkey was calling bashar lost a brother and voting against sanctions on iran its relatively recent change of heart however may not have everything to do with turkey's desire to appease the west and may indeed be part of a plan by turkish officials to become a regional if not call both major players. are among friends. but it was someone who used to go. it was true on. syria was part of. land but now syria is a member of united nations. and independent state. turkey has any rights. yet turkish officials seem to skirt the issue of their
internal problems and instead turn their attention elsewhere in syria the case in point with the likes of retired admiral believe that. one should its present commanders continue on the prudent course even though. he is coming to life in the heart of moscow do you still think you are watching the t.v. and not the other way around and i see company has now revealed the technology used to make the t.v. spy on its owners using a built in camera and microphone rather sooner than later find out about si dot com . also online if you expense for chinese parents it's the country's kindergartens introduce a fee if they want to hug kids. cia
agents illegally abducted a german citizen sort of mice him and beat him up these are the findings of the european court of human rights and its first ever ruling that the cia is guilty of torture the court found in favor of a man who had failed for years to get legal acknowledgement in the u.s. and europe what about actually happened to him. he says he was kidnapped in two thousand and three and abused after being mistaken for a terrorist the u.s. is now being pursued for an apology on compensation but author and historian doug valentine believes that sunlight to happen as the cia operates about the middle. no cia officer ever will be will ever. prison a prison term even in the united states of convicted of
a crime these people are simply above the law the only thing that the cia does is to conduct illegal activities which is why it's above the law it's business doing things that are illegal so the fact that it's found guilty. or any place to do illegal things that. you know what it. is not a pro bill of. those things without prior authorization from congress the president's national security officers everything. is policy all right into the arty world update now some other global headlines for you in brief starting with a powerful site at one now approaching the islands of fiji it's already devastated parts of samoa leaving at least four dead eight injured and the cyclon is expected to make landfall on sunday night fiji's interim prime minister already warning the entire country will be affected. it's been announced that the computer hacker
gary mckinnon will face no charges in the u.k. the forty six year old waged a decade long struggle to avoid trial for one of the largest ever breaches of u.s. national security shortly after the attacks of nine eleven and mckinnon managed to hack into the top secret systems of both the pentagon and nasa prosecutors said there was little chance of a conviction and earlier this year his extradition to america was finally blocked. now many britons are preparing for a scant christmas dinner with soaring food prices forcing people to ditch holiday delicacies the cost of food is up by a third in just five years leaving many families with slim pickings as the reports . do you look at what you're putting in your shopping basket health conscious customers might want to stock up on their fruit and vege but what if that's getting too expensive for families in the u.k.
the cost of their weekly shop has gone up by over a thud over the past five years and it's set to get more expensive still among the healthier fresh meat so you can find chicken breasts for five ninety nine per kilogram and you've got your frozen process did this retailing at one twenty nine in some cases now if you're a struggling household with lots of mouths to feed it's a no brainer britain is now in the midst of a nutritional recession to go hand in hand with the financial one over a million children in the u.k. growing without a daily healthy meal now the coalition government provides free free to schools and they supplement those on the lower income but it looks like the cheap meal deals are often more appealing than the government health warnings health campaign to say it's time for the government to several new plan to get britain struggling households to acquire not just the taste but also the means for a healthier diet. right now as austerity measures continue to cause misery but by
far away from those problems between themselves with the deals as also used boxcars there were. has america got it in for british banks here that is britain who is played poodle to like the al capone of the global financial and military industrial complex system and now al capone's turning on them when they're all sought but al capone in this case the u.s. regulators they want you know the u.k. to basically hire their cousin vinny h.s.b.c. for example has hired two former senior u.s. treasury officials to run is legal in compliance department these u.k. bankers are going to find a wake up of the ball their skull hanging from friers bridge like roberta cal the eighteen solo british banker hanging from farmers branch from the back you deserve .
my scars or is one hour from now for the meantime though those are just over a week until christmas and for many that means the excitement of waiting for what's under the big tree but while the shopping industry is ready to satisfy your every wish to use resident new york asks locals if the festive spirit is turning into a shopaholic fantasy. why have the holidays become such hellish days this week let's talk about that it's a commercial thing now everyone son to spend money it's not about what it really should be about how did that happen is it the media telling us to buy buy buy les absolutely it's everyone with their sales and absolutely i live on what people buy you know and i'm an independent sales rep so i depend on it so you're having with this christmas i'm happy this christmas i sell luxury goods as long as people keep buying it that i have a holiday that's it
a way to stop that would be to go back to church and to read the bible and to find faith and to remember what the holiday is supposed to be for what about people of other religions and i is there anything for them i said i should define religion. is their saving for them i believe in christianity but i think it's important that whether it's christiane to be or not that you have morals and values based on religious faith do you think there's a war in christmas oh i don't think there's a war on christmas i just think people shouldn't think that every year has to be the best christmas ever is that what we do we set our expectations too high we do i think that we should just enjoy it that each year should be a nice christmas with a couple of presents maybe full of press that's right along with the feeling of safety and community with all these holidays also remind people believe or not this is just my opinion holidays remind people of their own mortality that we're not going to be around here very much longer and our lives are very short. because we
tend to remember the people who have gone on the holidays as well and that's why we p.c. the holidays we just want to feel safe we want to feel like i'm extending my time here a little bit more and i want you to believe what i believe and maybe as someone other than someone else's beliefs makes us feel better and that's exactly it will tell you the true doses of approaching his fiscal cliff is not as much about. shopping this year as all the rest of my fifty nine years give you are going to be a little bit different how you can do it differently. either say but it was going to be on facebook. is what some people make christmas and calling it a day like whether or not the world has lost its holiday spirit the bottom line is it wouldn't hurt any of us to take a look inside to find our own private reason to celebrate this thing. forward in about a half an hour's time my colleague bill daughters here and although i mean martin's a break in the set that will be coming your way in just
on our you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm tom harpur welcome to the big picture. eat eat. eat eat eat eat eat eat eat eat.
eat. to live on one hundred thirty three bucks a month for food i should try it because you know how fabulous. i mean. i know that i'm saying it really messed up. a little all over it so personally i'm older a. little more secure going to a long white house of a. radio guy and call it a minute from a cricket cause i want to watch what we're about to go because you've never seen anything like this i'm cold.